I believe you can cultivate strong habits on your mat that you carry with you off your mat.
Time on the mat reinforces the power of persistence and patience – it takes time and practice to see your body evolve. Time on the mat cultivates optimism and courage – trying asanas that scare you and then succeeding in the posture shows you that you can face your fears. Time on the mat humbles you – failing repeatedly reminds you of how much you still need to grow. The mat is a powerful place, and your mat can be wherever you want it to be.